Comments about ‘Minimum wage gap widening’

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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1 2013 10:02 p.m. MST

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Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The solution to this problem is have the minimum wage set at $100/hr. Better yet at $250/hr. That way we could eliminate poverty! Never mind the fact that every time minimum wages increase, the number of entry level jobs goes down with it. But what does that matter to a liberal?

SME
Bountiful, UT

It would be interesting to see a state by state graph comparing minium wages and unemployment rates.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Sounds like this is just another fake law that isn't a law. More volunteering socialism than anything else and Utah won't want any part of it, yet. Corporate and government Utah likes and oppressed workers who can't live on income they earn to lure corporations and business from outside the state to this crooked labor state.

You can bet and industry charging gratuity on their bill will show an increase in the tip portion to give the workers any raise. Its the only way that workers in Utah that don't get paid a wage can make a living, make the customers pay the wages the business won't pay it workers.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Meanwhile CEO salaries and bonuses grew by several hundred thousand more this year.

And the GOP wants to gut social programs that help people.

But maybe they really are on to something. If huge numbers of people die of starvation, there won't be as many mouths to feed and those at the top end will be able to find ways to vacuum up the dollars that would have gone to helping.

(I know that's hyperbole -- but it's still more sensible than anything Rush might spout this morning.)

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ one old man. You are so wrong about GOP wanting to gut social programs that help people. We want to stop millions of freeloaders from gaming the system. You don't help people by making them dependent!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Mountanman,
don't worry too much about old man - he LOVES to regurgitate DNC hate speech.

Let's see, Utah does not have a higher minimum wage than the federal mandate, and we have the 14th highest median household income ($55,493). Of the states listed in the article with higher minimum wages, only WA (56,850) and CO (58,629) have higher median household incomes. VT, OR, RI, AZ, MO, FL, OH, MT ALL have lower median household incomes. (source - US Census.

It would appear factors beyond forcing employers to pay for non-existent skills or above market wages weigh more heavily into the average Joe's income. Maybe improving you work ethic, education, and work skills may have more to do with it. Never let something like personal responsibility get in the way of dem social engineering.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

utah submites icome with a combined icome of both people not one so utah is one of the lowest paid states in the union. did they even say what the minimum wage was here? companies move here so they can have cheap labor. i do agree we need to cut money to some groups why are so many people from other places not americans on ssn, medicare and medicaid. they never put in the system but they get these, and in a time when the republicans want to take my ssn, and medicare away before i even get to retire. they the parties both of them need to be on medicare and not have the rich mans heath care they get for life. they both parties have been blowing it for about 12 years now.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "My2Cents" and how much do teens need to live? Most minimum wage jobs are held by teenagers and college students, not by people trying to live independantly. BUt wait, it gets worse. Those that are college students are living at home in a middleclass situation where their added income is not required to support the household.

So tell us, why do we need to raise the minimum wage since most of those who earn it live in their parents' house and do not contribute to family finances?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

1ket,
"utah submites icome with a combined icome of both people not one so utah is one of the lowest paid states in the union."

"they the parties both of them need to be on medicare"

What??

Slow down and proof read, please; I have no idea what you are trying to say.

Evolvedrevolutionary
St. George, UT

@Redshirt,
How about my employees who are both in their mid 20's and do not live at home and instead have to pay full rent and various other bills yet make the horribly pathetic minimum wage that Utah pays its hard working employees. It makes me sick to my stomach everytime I have to hear that their car was repoed or that their power was shut off and my company only honors the state minimum wage, oh and they do not make enough to even save up to move to higher paying states. Yes rent may be more affordable here in Utah but ones car payment, cellphone bill, groceries never changes depending on the state. Maybe if the State government wasnt so concerned with lining its own pockets in making others suffer, then more people would VOLUNTARILY want to live in this corrupt state!

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Evolvedrevolutionary" they account for 6% or less of those earning minimum wage. So again, why do we need to change the minimum wage laws for a small minority of workers?

The situation you describe is the exception, not the rule.

If your child was in their mid-20's and only qualified for a minimum wage job, you have some serious parenting to do to get that child moving onto some sort of a job that pays better.

Why would you want to live in a state where employers were forced to pay teens as much as college graduates?

Evolvedrevolutionary
St. George, UT

to Redshirt, their not my kids, their my associates, I am the sales manager so I do not make minimum wage but I also see that no employers are willing to pay anything but $7.25/hr and will never offer raises but they expect the same quality of out workers as if they were paying them $10/hr. I have seen too many college graduates who cant find a job in their chosen career path so they have no choice but to settle for these ridiculous wages. You must be a business owner if your so defensive of Utah maintaining the same pitiful wage. Oh and you cant forget that once the state tax is taken out as well as the ssn, medicaire, and fed tax...there is no money for an minimum wage worker to pay rent with. Heres a thought for the whole country, raise the wage to where people can work 40 hours and not live in poverty!

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Evolvedrevolutionary" then get out of the fast food/retail want adds. I see jobs all the time with salaries from $50,000 to $100,000 per year.

If you are looking at sales jobs, they pay typically on commission.

Again, why should we raise minimum wage for 6% or less of the people who are earning minimum wage? That is the fundamental question you are avoiding with your ramblings.

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